Pressure Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf
With its nutty flavor and slightly chewy texture, wild rice is a welcome addition to the winter table. It is not a true rice but rather the seed of an aquatic grass that still grows wild in the northern Great Lakes area of the United States.
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 Tbs. canola or grapeseed oil
- 3 large shallots, minced
- 2 cups wild rice or 2 cups short-grain brown
- rice, or a mixture
- 1 ⁄2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup finely diced carrots
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red and green bell peppers
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1⁄4 tsp. dried thyme,
- 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt, plus more, to taste
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground white pepper, plus
- more, to taste
- 1 ⁄2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
- 1 ⁄4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
Adapted from mammalovesfood.com
Preheat an oven to 375°F. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the stock to a simmer.
In a heavy 2-qt. flameproof casserole over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir until the grains are well coated, about 3 minutes. Stir in the simmering stock, dried cranberries, peppers, bay leaf, thyme, the 1/2 tsp. sea salt and the 1/8 tsp. white pepper. Bring to a simmer, stir and cover. Transfer the casserole to the oven and bake until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, 40 to 45 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Remove and discard the bay leaf and the thyme sprigs, if used. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Stir in the pecans and parsley. Serve hot or warm.